Belgium announces new measures to stop increasing energy prices
The Consultative Committee of Belgium has decided that Belgium's different governments will take several actions to protect markets, consumers and businesses from the high energy expenditures.
Belgian Prime Minister Mr. Alexander de Croo together with Rudi Vervoort, Elio Di Rupo and Jan Jambon announced new measures and actions to be taken against high energy prices in a press conference today.
Prime Minister mentioned several elements and several measures to protect the markets and consumers. Some tax advantages will be in force and consumptions will be reduced. It is announced that government buildings and facilities will reduce their energy consumption. Lights will be switched off between 19:00 and 06:00, the heating will be set to 19°C and the air conditioning to a maximum of 27°C. Also private consumers like shops and individual users will be encouraged to use less energy. Extra profits of energy companies will also be additionally taxed.
Nuclear power plants Tihange 2 and Doel 3 will remain open until the end of March 2023.
As winter is coming very soon, European countries are concerned with high energy prices. Many believes that the problem needs to be solved at the European level rather than national level, especially for the Belgian case.
Russian aggression in Ukraine is one of the major reasons of high energy prices.